It wasn’t necessarily the match that everyone expected, but it ended in the most appropriate score. The Spaniards had emerged victorious in their previous three knockout round matches by the score of 1-0, so why would the final be any different?
While the focus of the match seemed to be on the aggressiveness of both teams, resulting in the most yellow cards ever issued in a World Cup Final Match with a total of 14, it was the persistence of Spain’s offense that prevailed. The Dutch were handed 8 yellow cards, as well as a red card that left them a man down for the last minutes of the extra time. That’s what gave Spain the slight edge they needed to grab their first title.
The day was meant for Spain and Andres Iniesta who put in the winning goal at the 116th minute. Spanish goal keeper Iker Casillas also landed himself a well deserved Golden Glove Award as the tournament’s top goal keeper, and the final match he was flawless, stopping all five of Holland’s shots on goal.
For the Spanish team it finalizes a remarkable year in which they also won the European title, a feat only accomplished by two other nations, West Germany in 1974 and France in 1998.
Diego Forlan of Uruguay was awarded the Golden Ball for top player of this year’s tournament, and Germany’s Thomas Mueller was awarded the Golden Boot award for top goal scorer with five goals. Mueller edged out Diego Forlan, Wesley Sneijder of Netherlands, and David Villa of Spain who also had five goals, by adding three assists to his performance.
Wesley Sneijder in the Nike T90 Laser.
Robin Van Persie in the adidas Predator X.
Arjen Robben in the adidas F50 adiZero.
Arjen Robben in the adidas F50 adiZero, tackled by Carles Puyal in the Nike Tiempo.
Sergio Ramos in the Nike T90 Laser after a missed goal opportunity.
Andres Iniesta in the Nike CTR 360 shoots the match-winning goal.
Golden Glove winner Iker Casillas celebrates the victory in the Reebok Valde II Pro.
Spain celebrates their first World Cup title.